Y-Love (aka Yitz Jordan)’s claim to fame is being the first gay, black, Hasidic Jewish rapper in the industry. In the first grade, California-born, Baltimore-bred Yitz developed a fascination with Judaism, converting formally at the age of twenty-two. That same year, he studied at an Israeli yeshiva and began rapping at the local club. His unique blend of English, Hebrew, Yiddish, Aramaic, Arabic and Latin words made him practically an overnight sensation in Jerusalem. A year later, he and his fellow emcee (who granted him his stage name) moved to Brooklyn, where he remains to this day, although he returns home to Maryland as often as he can.
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“The bear community is a community that all gay people know what they are, but no straight people do,” he says. “Bears are middle-aged, overweight gay men, and they like it. They are hairy and they like cubs, which are younger versions. And then there are otters, people who aren’t fat or hairy yet but will be.”
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